James Beech Jr aims for eight in a row this weekend

RINGSIDE 18/09/2018

James Beech Jr will be left holding the baby after his contest this weekend feeling he’ll have proved himself as a hot prospect.

Unbeaten Beech targets eight pro wins without reply in the super bantamweight division at Walsall Town Hall on Saturday (September 22).

Beech is additionally preparing to become a father for the first time with his partner, Erica, due to give birth in October.

The 21-year-old is second-generation fighter as the son of Jimmy Beech, who laced on the gloves for 31 pro outings at lightweight between 1999 and 2008.

He’s a graduate of Pleck Boxing Club, who he boxed for 80 times with 50 wins. Beech has one TKO as a pro, having scored two as an amateur. He’s coached by Peter Hickenbottom.

He has already got an eight-rounder under his belt, claiming a British Challenge strap in the process after outpointing Paul Gidney by a 78-75 score in April.

Beech will need a time out for personal reasons after his September 22 fight date, but has not ruled out competing again before 2018 is out.

“I’ll need a break from boxing to get used to family life, but I’ll still be in the gym and I might even try and get back out in December.

“I don’t want to go stale, I’ve been ticking over since my last fight and I’ve pretty much been in the gym all year. I’ve been a busy boxer.

“My last opponent was just there to go the distance, I was thinking to myself when I was in there how much it was like being in cruise control.

“I’d love to have a fight against someone who has a pop back. Only Gidney has tried, he took two rounds off me, but I still schooled him.

“That’s the only thing I’ve dropped as a pro, I’ve shared a couple of rounds before but this is my eighth pro bout and I’m won them all comfortably.

“I’m a distance fighter and, with eight weeks notice to have a good camp, I’ll be ready for anyone even if it means going up to 10 or 12 rounds.

“People have asked me about Brad Foster, now he’s got the Midlands title at my weight. I suppose it’s an obvious one to make as he beat a BCB lad in Leon Gower.

“I didn’t expect Brad to beat him that convincingly and he never had to get out of second gear to do it. It would be a different story against me.

“I’d box him in a different way, no disrespect to Leon but he was there to be hit and Brad wouldn’t be able to do those little spin offs against me.

“Ashley Lane is the champion that most of the bantamweight prospects want, as who knows what’s going on with the British and English titles.

“He’s a tough lad and a strong kid, but I think I’d be too skilful for him. I’ve proved I’ve got potential and I’m happy with the progress I’ve made.”

Beech Jr features on BCB Promotions show, which is topped by a 10-round title fight. Tyler Denny, from Rowley Regis, and Leeds’ Reece Cartwright will collide for the vacant English middleweight crown in a hotly-anticipated main event.

The rest of the under-card features another Walsall pugilist, Levi Ferguson, looking to build on his pro debut at the same venue. He outpointed Paul Cummings at super welter.

Ryan ‘Stewart’ Davies will be looking to rebound from his first pro defeat, in a title fight situation against the experienced Rob Hunt.

Burntwood flyweight ‘Pocket Rocket’ Dani Hodges, is also in action alongside former national amateur champion Connah Walker, of Wolverhampton, who turns over under the tutelage of boxing legend Ricky Hatton. Ex-kickboxer Troi ‘the Hawk’ Coleman, from Burntwood, completes the line-up. He hovered around light heavyweight in his former calling.

Tickets, priced at £35 standard and £65 VIP ringside, are on sale now from the Town Hall Box Office on 0845 111 2900. It will be £40 for entry on the door.